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Land of many discontents, united AP rationale squandered అక్టోబర్ 9, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Articles, BJP, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, Culture, fast, Guntur, Hyderabad, Identity, Kamma, KCR, Mulki, Nizam, politics, Reddy, regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telugu, TRS, Velama, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Land of many discontents
Seema Chishti, The Indian Express, Oct 07 2011

Among most English-speaking sections of southern India, when a concept finds itself abbreviated or turned into an acronym, it is considered evidence of its acceptance. To that extent, the usage of “T” for Telangana in newspapers and periodicals there, as opposed to AP for Andhra Pradesh, could signal that “Telangana” is around the corner.

But if you discount the hype, there is a different story unfolding in the region. The absence of real stalwarts in Andhra Pradesh who can lend heft to the debate, and the Congress’s classic act of not knowing which side to weigh in on, after muddling things up very competently two years ago, does not help. A short biography of the idea of Telangana and the “movements” there is in order.

The Telangana movement, as was understood when India was being created out of hundreds of princely states, was of a completely different kind. A deep peasant revolt against the landlords was brewing, headed by the then-united CPI. The Telangana movement, between 1946 and 1951, meant bringing about a virtual “people’s republic” in those parts. Facing brutal attack from local landlords and the Nizam, comrades like P. Sundarayya, Basavapunaiah, B. Narasimha Reddy and a thousand others led a prolonged struggle for establishing “true” freedom, before they withdrew the struggle (for a variety of reasons) and participated in the 1952 elections. The communists, then a force to be reckoned with in AP, secured more than 33 per cent of the votes and were more than a handful for a wary Congress. However, despite a pre-poll alliance that got them more than the Congress, it was the Congress that was called in to form the government. Communist accounts describe how the backbone of the comrades was crushed with a brutal police-led witch-hunt, as the Telangana “movement” wound down. (మరింత…)

Students in separate Telangana agitation జూలై 16, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Economy, Guntur, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Osmania, regionalism, students, suicide, Telangana, universities, Warangal.
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PRO TELANGANA students are not just raising an anguished cry against a flawed system, but a systemic bias against an entire community from a particular region. Violence, like burning vehicles, becomes a song of redemption. Many young people have died under mysterious circumstances, their bodies cremated or without any post-mortem, branded suicides by Telangana protagonists. Suicide notes have been recovered but their veracity never checked.

Current Affairs -TELANGANA
TEHELKA 16 July 2011

Why United Andhra has no student fire

The Telangana movement is driven by a solid student fervour. The United Andhra agitation has none. Sai Manish finds out why

JANA BAI, a tribal girl from Nizamabad district, is said to have set herself on fire during a TRS rally for the sake of Telangana, and suffered 80 percent burns in the process. Similarly, a 19-year-old from Mehdipatnam, Arige Saritha blamed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and Chandrababu Naidu for obstructing the carving out of a separate state in her suicide note. There is no doubt that the real drivers of the Telangana movement are the students, especially of Osmania University.

The United Andhra Movement, on the other hand, has no comparable student fervour. At Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam, the response to the anti-Telangana stir is lukewarm. Last week, students rallied behind the United Andhra Joint Action Committee not for a political cause but out of concern for campus matters: to oppose the selling of 250 acres of Andhra University land to private developers and to ask the ex-vice chancellor to vacate the bungalow he was occupying even after ending his tenure.

Same time, same university. A group of 15 OBC students hailing from the coastal region were sloganeering outside the arts college, demanding a reimbursement of fee as the government had announced a waiver after they made a full payment. “We will join United Andhra agitation later. Right now I want my fees back,” Jagdish, a backward class student hailing from Narsipattinam, a village not far from Vizag, told TEHELKA. With the protests in Osmania University and across Telangana gaining unprecedented momentum, proponents of United Andhra are trying hard to create new voices of dissent — but invariably proving unsuccessful in thwarting the Telangana agitation. (మరింత…)

New districts to check Telangana state? ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Andhrapreneurship, Banjara, Bhadrachalam, Chenchu, Culture, Economy, elections, Godavari, Guntur, heritage, Koya, Lambada, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Polavaram, politics, Rangareddy, regionalism, Settler, ST, Telangana.
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New dists to check Telangana state demand?
M N Samdani, TNN, Apr 11, 201

GUNTUR: Opening a Pandora’s box, the Congress government is working on redesigning of districts in the state. Though the government claims that it is being done taking in view of the serious imbalances in the development of rural areas, analysts believe the new agenda is being thrust on the political stage only to counter the separate Telangana statehood issue.

Rural development minister Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, who is working on a study paper in this regard, said he would submit it to the state cabinet by this month-end. He said that lack of administration in the interior areas of the existing districts was the “real hurdle in extending the fruits of various government schemes to the poor.”

Sources said the study paper is likely to advocate formation of at least eight to 10 new districts in the state. “Even small states like Orissa and Karnataka have more districts than AP. Creation of new districts is the only solution to overcome underdevelopment,” the minister argued.

After taking over the reins of the rural development ministry, he started an exercise in checking imbalances in the flow of funds and their reach. He discussed the issue with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and secured his permission for making the study on creation of new districts.

“The demand for creation of new districts has been there for long and I have only started the exercise to look into the demand,” he told TOI. He felt that AP deserves to have at least 35 districts. He said they could start by bifurcating big and completely undeveloped districts which alone would add at least seven districts to the existing 23. (మరింత…)

Andhra settlers of Nizamabad support Telangana state డిసెంబర్ 23, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, Congress, Guntur, Identity, Mulki, Nizam, Nizamabad, politics, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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Andhra settlers active in T-stir

Deccan Chronicle, December 23rd 2009, By Our Correspondent

NIZAMABAD, Dec. 22: Settlers from Andhra regions in the district are actively participating in the ongoing agitation for a separate Telangana state. Mingling with local people, elders and the younger generation of Andhra settler families have been declaring their support to the separate state cause.

Leading businessmen of Andhra origin have also extended their cooperation to the Telangana agitators.

There are hundreds of families from coastal Andhra settled in the district In the early 1950s. Families from Guntur, Krishna, East Godavari, West Godavari and Prakasam districts settled here. Interestingly, they all have settled in the command area of the Nizamsagar project.

The Nizamsagar project, Nizam Sugar Factory at Bodhan, Lakshmi Saraswathi Paper Mill at Neela and Nizamabad Cooperative Sugar Factory at Sarangapur provided employment to them in those days. Following this, numerous Andhra families purchased thousands of acres of land from locals and developed commercial crops like sugarcane, cotton, paddy and vegetables. They also proudly declared themselves as settlers, and set up new housing localities such as Saloora camp and Penta camp in Bodhan area. (మరింత…)

Political economy, regional articulation డిసెంబర్ 18, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, BCs, Congress, Culture, Economy, elections, GHMC, Godavari, Greater Rayalaseema, Guntur, Hyderabad, Identity, Koya, landuse, livelihoods, MIM, Mulki, Polavaram, politics, PRP, Rayalaseema, SC, SEZ, ST, students, TDP, Telangana, Telugu, TRS, youth.
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Political economy, regional articulation

R Uma Maheswari
New Indian Express: 17 Dec 2009 12:40:31 AM IST

If Telangana were a mere ‘sentiment’ as it is made out to be, it wouldn’t have evoked this nature of resistance in the Andhra Pradesh state assembly and elsewhere. Not unless there is a stronger force with a strong reason on the other side. There is a history to it that needs to be given due credit, even if not accepted, or even adequately understood.

Regional allegiances are intricately interwoven with political-economic developments in Andhra Pradesh since 1956. All the political leaders who have resigned or are crowding to resign are from the Andhra-‘Rayalaseema’ belt. A simple statistical survey should show that historically the coastal Andhra belt has transformed rather smoothly from a richly provided for agricultural zone (with heavy commercial farming) to a power centre. Problems in coastal Andhra that do not always come to light lie in the nature and extent of land alienation of the tribal communities and exploitation of Dalits who are mostly daily wage earners. They do not figure in the epicentre. Most of the older zamindars from the coastal belt gradually gained in the form of education and set up industries and even post-Independence retained ownership of vast acres of agricultural land despite various rules. It is these classes (and upper castes) of Andhra people who have attained political predominance. On the other hand are the former factionist leaders from the upper castes from the relatively poor stretch of Rayalaseema who entered politics through guns and battles and economic prosperity.

Telangana has had a distinct historical process, having been part of the Nizam’s Dominions, and its own history of oppression under the Nizam rule and its own nature of encounters with the British, distinct from the Madras Presidency areas which are included the present-day coastal Andhra. This difference has its own significant role in political aspirations and expressions of communities from these regions and is in no small way a cause for uneven development of the regions within a merged Andhra Pradesh or Visalandhra of the ’50s. (మరింత…)